Arizona > London Bridge Half Marathon & 5K
Lake Havasu City, AZ • Saturday, April 13, 2013 • Course Map
Note: For 2013, the race which in past years was run as the Havasu Half Marathon & 5K has been renamed the London Bridge Half Marathon & 5K.
Run along the shores of Lake Havasu, the London Bridge Half Marathon & 5K makes its 6th annual running in the early spring season of 2013 -- after a 2012 race that saw just over 730 runners and walkers cross the finish line in both races combined -- along an out-and-back course that takes runners along the shoreline of the lake and features views of the world-famous London Bridge, which now calls Arizona home.
Purchased from the city of London in the late 1960s when the then-bridge was due to be replaced, Lake Havasu's city officials had it disassembled, shipped to the U.S. and re-assembled on the shores of Lake Havasu, to provide a tourist attraction for a city that was then just beginning to build the homes and neighborhoods that we know today as the city of Lake Havasu.
Like most of the rest of Arizona, and much of the southwestern United States, the course for the race is largely fast and flat, with a few rolling hills thrown in. From the starting line at London Bridge Beach on the shores of Lake Havasu, near the London Bridge Resort, runners follow an out-and-back course that takes them along the peninsula-like Havasu Island for the race's first four miles -- those running the half marathon will follow the road all the way out to the end of the peninsula, while those in the 5K will turn off about half-way along the road.
Through this part of the route, runners will pass the green, scenic fairways of the Havasu Island Golf Course as they make their way through the island's loop road back toward the London Bridge for the remainder of the run, the roughly nine-mile stretch of the course that takes them along and up-and-back route along the lakeshore along London Bridge Road.
Once runners hit the turnaround point just past the Neptune Wash waterway, they begin making their way back toward the London Bridge and the shops at Lake Havasu, where there will be a post-race party and race medals for all half-marathon participants who cross the finish line.
For the half marathon, organizers require all entrants to be able to complete the race's 13.1 miles within four hours of the official starting time of 7:30 AM. Those running and walking the 5K start their race at 7:45 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Arizona-California border in the westernmost part of the state and within a couple hours' drive of California's Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve, Lake Havasu City experiences the kind of weather that the southwestern, desert areas of the country are famous for -- dry weather virtually year-round, with sunny, very hot summers and cooler and much milder winter seasons.
On the day of the race (April 13), the average high is 84°F and the average low is 58°F.
View the race route map for the Havasu Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2012
$55 between August 1 - September 30
$60 between October 1 - December 30
$65 between Dec. 31 - March 31, 2013
$75 between April 1 - 13
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2013 running of Lake Havasu City's Havasu Half Marathon or 5K Run/Walk, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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